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Ellis Bitter

 

Ellis Bitter

Ellis Bitter

Ellis Bitter is a very precocious variety. It forms a fine, self-sterile tree (a pollinator – another apple tree – is required) with wide-angled branches. It is a tip-bearer, producing bitter-sweet, large, conical fruit that is ready to harvest in late September. The fruit tends to drop when it is ripe. It apparently originates from Devon in the 19th century, from a farm owned by one Mr. Ellis.

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Camelot

 

Camelot

Camelot

A vigorous tree that produces attractive pink blossom, and then large, sharp, bitter fruit that resembles Newton Wonder in appearance. It crops fairly late. As well as for cider, the fruit is excellent for making apple sauce. The variety is disease-resistant. It was introduced in Somerset in 1850.

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Suntan

Suntan, photo courtesy of Home Orchard Society Incorporated

Suntan, photo courtesy of Home Orchard Society Incorporated

Suntan is a dessert apple, very attractive with orange-red skin over a yellowish base. It has intense aromatic, rich, sweet flavour, and a good sharpness. The fruit ripens fairly late (end September-late October) and can keep right through Christmas to February when stored correctly, in single-layer trays in a cold room or shed facing north, with lowish temperatures (not below 3°C), fluctuating as little as possible. In this way it will retain its unique flavour.

The flavour is similar, but better, than Cox’s Orange Pippin. It flowers late, and so it is suitable for the North. The tree is easy to grow, though care has to be taken with canker when grown in damper areas. It was bred in Kent in 1956 as a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Court Pendu Plat. This is a triploid variety, and so it needs two pollinators. The variety produces its best characteristics if grown on M9 or M26 rootstock.

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Scrumptious

Scrumptious, photo courtesy of marmaladefly/flickr.com

Scrumptious, photo courtesy of marmaladefly/flickr.com

Scrumptious is a fairly new apple, a cross between Golden Delicious and Discovery created in 1980. The variety is diploid and self-fertile: no pollination problems. It produces attractive blossom in spring, and it is frost-resistant. The fruit ripens to develop a lovely deep red skin colour. It crops regularly, producing fruit of good size that is sweet, tasty, crisp and juicy. It is an apple best eaten from the tree, so not very good from a cold store.

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Suntan, candidate for the best eating apple ever

Suntan, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr.com

Suntan, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr.com

We have been growing fruit and trees in this country since 1960, and I have been able to taste a huge range of varieties over the years. If you asked me which are the best eating apples ever raised and produced in this country, I would say Ashmead Kernel and Suntan. Both varieties have supreme eating qualities and good keeping qualities. But why, you may say, are these varieties so neglected, and never recommended by gardening magazines and the like?

The problem with Ashmead Kernel and Suntan is pollination. Without correct pollinators, these varieties will not be able to produce regular crops. Chivers Delight and Grenadier are both self-fertile, and they are good companions for Suntan.

We can supply these three trees as a package, or as part of an Orchard Pack, so that you can raise these wonderful Suntan apples successfully: Chivers Delight, Grenadier and Suntan, planted together, are a great combination.

Strangely, Suntan runs the risk of disappearing from many nurseries. Today there are only two tree propagators who list Suntan, and this is due to the variety gradually disappearing from public view. But it is truly a superb apple, and I would place it in number one position, for its great flavour, its crispness, and the fact that after picking in late October, it keeps easily until after Christmas.

Suntan does best on M26 rootstock. It should never be planted on its own: the best companion varieties are Royal Gala, Egremont Russet, Chiver’s Delight, Annie Elisabeth, and Claygate Pearmain.

Of course, new varieties are appearing all the time. Scrumptious is a very new variety, very promising, with a great future. But it’ll take something else to knock Suntan off that number one pedestal!

Suntan, photo courtesy of Home Orchard Society Incorporated

Suntan, photo courtesy of Home Orchard Society Incorporated

Ingrid Marie

Ingrid Marie, photo courtesy of mkmobil/flickr.com

Ingrid Marie, photo courtesy of mkmobil/flickr.com

A late dessert apple of Danish origin. It crops well, and needs a pollinator. Introduced in 1910.

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Worcester Pearmain

Worcestor Pearmain, photo courtesy of theenglishappleman.com

Worcestor Pearmain, photo courtesy of theenglishappleman.com

A red summer apple, slow to come into cropping. It is often picked too early and then is of disappointing quality. The tree is moderate in vigour, and suitable for the North. It was introduced in 1874 in Worcester.

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Winston

Winston, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr

Winston, photo courtesy of whatamieating.com/flickr

A very late, good-keeping dessert apple, which tends to be on the small side. The tree is frost-resistant, suitable for the North. It is vigorous, self-fertile, and fairly resistant to scab and canker. It was introduced in 1935.

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Warner’s King

Warner's King

Warner’s King

A very under-rated cooker, large in size, regular cropping. This triploid tree needs 2 pollinators; it is sensitive to canker and scab. Originally from Kent, dating from about 1700.

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Tydeman’s Late Orange

Tydeman's Late Orange, photo courtesy of oysters4me/Jon Rowley/flickr.com

Tydeman’s Late Orange, photo courtesy of oysters4me/Jon Rowley/flickr.com

A very late-maturing dessert apple with good flavour, that keeps well. As the tree gets older, the apples tend to get smaller. The fruits are very sensitive to brown rot and shrivel. A variety introduced in 1930 by East Malling Research station.

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